In an official statement, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced that the wreck of the supply vessel ‘OCEAN COOPER 2’, which sank within Singapore Territorial Waters in February, does not pose a risk to navigation.
The Dominica-flagged supply vessel capsized and sank in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme, about 3 nautical miles from Pedra Branca, in the Singapore Strait, in the morning hours of 14 February 2019.
All three Indonesian crew onboard were rescued by a nearby accompanying supply vessel, JOLLY RACHEL. There was no oil pollution or injury reported.
MPA Singapore has since completed a hydrographic survey of the wreck site. This is significantly deeper than the deepest draught of transiting vessels (which is 22m below the sea surface).
MPA has determined that the wreck does not pose a risk to the safety of navigation and will not affect shipping traffic in the area. MPA will update its nautical charts to indicate the location of the wreck, and issue a Notice to Mariners to keep the maritime community updated.